"... the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…" (1 Chronicles 12:32, NKJV) These men of Issachar are set before us as a pattern to be imitated and an example to be followed; for it is a most important thing to understand the times in which we … Continue reading Understanding the times
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15, NIV) The question which heads this paper was addressed by Christ to the Apostle Peter. A more … Continue reading Do you love Me?
Remember Lot’s wife! (Luke 17:32, NIV) The solemn warning: Christ does not bid us remember Abraham, or Isaac, or Jacob, or Sarah, or Hannah, or Ruth. No: He singles out one whose soul was lost for ever. He cries to us, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Christ is speaking of His own second coming to judge the … Continue reading A woman to be remembered
What J.C. Ryle wrote towards the end of the 19th century is still applicable - and more so for the church of today.
A religion that costs nothing is worth nothing! A cheap Christianity, without a cross, will prove in the end a useless Christianity, without a crown. (J.C. Ryle, in Holiness)
The saddest symptom about many so-called Christians is the utter absence of anything like conflict and fight in their Christianity. They eat, they drink, they dress, they work, they amuse themselves, they get money, they spend money, they go through a scanty round of formal religious services once or twice every week. But the great … Continue reading The spiritual fight
Communion Service - association with and participation in Christ Scripture Readings Colossians 2:13-3:4 Introduction First, an illustration. Heila and I visited a very interesting shop not so long ago during a visit to the Blue Mountains in NSW. This particular shop is home to the largest collection of teapots in the world. On shelves about … Continue reading Dead in sin, alive in Christ
Satisfaction for our sins Scripture Readings Daniel 9:4-19 Hebrews 9:11-28 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, I personally favour the terms Day of the Crucifixion and Resurrection Sunday, plainly to steer away from the secular connotations to these very important events on the Christian calendar. For many people these days Good Friday … Continue reading The Cross of Jesus Christ
Eye for eye - God’s demand for justice Scripture Readings 2Corinthians 5:11-6:2 Deuteronomy 19:15-21 Introduction Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. (Deuteronomy 19:21, NIV) It took me many years to work out what “brotherly love” meant. Our household, like many others I suppose, represented your … Continue reading Towards the cross
Good day! You might have heard the song “Amazing Grace” a few times at funerals or on the radio. Every time I hear the words, “… that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see” I thank God for his saving grace in my … Continue reading What would I say to gay people?